Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Wembley awaits..

This Sunday will be the showcase for both sides to really live the fairytale story. They are currently at both ends of the spectrum yet the romance of the cup has brought them together in the final dubbed as 'The Battle of the Underdog'. Both teams have lived the dream and this Sunday it's the 'People's final' and it's going to be a spectacle regardless of result. Swansea's own Michu has brandished this week that the cups in England are so much different because in Spain you wouldn't get a 4th tier side in the final it's impossible but it's happened over here and that's the difference.

Bradford have made a remarkable journey considering their current league status, which is currently languishing in 11th place in League two, a complete 8 points behind the play off places and 18 off the top which shows that it's a close league but still remember the journey that the Bantems have came from. They have beaten sides like Arsenal, Wigan and Aston Villa over two legs but what we must remember is they showed grit to even get to this point, They just about scraped into the second round after beating Notts County in extra time via a late winner by James Hanson and the same was required in the next round at Watford who were leading with 5 minutes to go but still managed to steal another victory in extra time. As if these games weren't shocks in their own right you then look at their next round at Wigan Athletic and it went to penalties and Bradford survived again winning 4-2 their ability to win it late similar to the likes of Manchester United.

Then it really got tricky they survived an Arsenal test at home which they had made a fortress all throughout the tournament and nothing summarized their effort as much as this one they really laid it on the line for one another and looking back at Gervinho's miss being a turning point, take nothing away from Bradford it was another special night which was well deserved. At this stage this had just been a performance worthy of Premier League status and pushed them straight into the semi final against another side in Aston Villa who despite their Premier League status still have plenty of quality in that side and City took it to them at home winning 3-1 which gave them a platform to attack in the second leg and despite going down 2-1 in the return leg at Villa Park it seemed almost meant to be for Bradford in this cup.

Make no mistake Swansea will not be taking this tie lightly and plenty of players will have heralded that call. Bradford have nothing to lose anymore they are exactly where they want to be. Swansea will need to use the pitch to their advantage and use the wide players to really stretch the game. It's huge for both clubs and Bradford boss Phil Parkinson has already stressed his side need a big performance again and need to hope that the Swans have an off day but an upset could be on the cards you only have to look at the magic of the cup. It's going to be an exciting day for both sets of fans and with a chance at Europe on the cards there will be plenty of desire from both sides as well as a trophy.

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